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  • Try a Fresh Web Browser!

    The web browser market is dominated by a few mature heavyweights: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari. But they are not for everyone. And there are a myriad of other web browsers that are worth investigating. With a smorgasbord of web browsers out there, there should be one to cater for your own specific requirements. If you want to experiment with some fresh and innovative web browsers, this article should be helpful.

  • Revisiting Best Big Data Case Study: We Have New Details about Narwhal vs Orca Case Study (of US Elections 2012 and world's largest Big Data project for which there is performance data) (Updated)

    We have some new performance data on Big Data. And we return to the best case study there exists on Big Data as the only major case that offers some details of its performance. Yes, its time to revisit Orca vs Narwhal, the battle of election-specialist database systems of the 2012 Presidential election. I promised you that some more details will eventually come out and we'll revisit that topic when it does Today we find new data courtesy of Jim Messina.

  • Kylin, Brooklyn Among New Apache Projects to Graduate to Top Level

    The Apache Software Foundation, which incubates more than 350 open source projects and initiatives, has graduated several important projects to top-level status over the past few days. The foundation announced that Apache Brooklyn is now a Top-Level Project (TLP), "signifying that the project's community and products have been well-governed under the ASF's meritocratic process and principles." Brooklyn is an application blueprint and management platform used for integrating services across multiple data centers as well as and a wide range of software in the cloud.

  • Big Data: ask the right questions

    The Big Data phenomenon has reached a reality that is often baffling to the amount of information to be managed, and what for us today is called “Big” it will not be anymore in 5 years, from where it will be necessary to coin other terminologies and corresponding analysis technologies .

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  • Joomla patches critical remote execution bug

    The open-source project behind the widely used Joomla content management system has issued a patch for a vulnerability that is now being widely used by hackers.

    The open-source project behind the widely used Joomla content management system has issued a patch for a vulnerability that is now being widely used by hackers.

    Sucuri, a company that specializes in securing websites, wrote on Monday that attackers have been trying exploit the flaw for the last two days.

  • LLVM 3.8 Should Be Released In Mid-February

    Under the plans laid out on the mailing list, LLVM 3.8 would be branched on 13 January followed by the first release candidate, the critical bug fixing period and RC2 would begin on 27 January, and the final release would ship around 18 February.

  • Haiku OS Adds GCC 5 Compiler Packages

    It's been a while since last having anything to report on with Haiku OS, the BeOS inspired open-source operating system. One minor advancement to mention today is they have just landed optional GCC5 compiler support packages.

  • GNU Press fundraiser discount: members enjoy 30% off, nonmembers get 10%!

    Help the Free Software Foundation by doing your holiday shopping at GNU Press. If you are not a member, join today! Any purchase made during this time will count toward our fundraising goal of $450,000.

  • Romanian Ministry for Public Consultation opens consultation on its organisation

    Last week, the Ministry for Public Consultation and Civic Dialogue (MCPDC) organised a public debate to discuss the budget draft law for 2016, as the website said. This represents a first step towards an Open Budget approach.

  • AI Goes Open Source To The Tune Of $1 Billion

    AI is a hot topic and it is clear that it could be an engine for great good or great evil depending on who or what controls it. OpenAI is a new non-profit that aims to put the control back in the people's hands.

  • Elon Musk, tech behemoths invest $1bn in open-source AI research

    Research in the artificial intelligence field has come a long way in recent years. We've progressed beyond predictive analytics towards deep learning, such as those used in IBM's Watson supercomputer, which promotes the use architectures which allow a machine to generate its own algorithms based on data -- rather than developers inputting single algorithms and instructions for certain problems.

Top 10 open source projects of 2015

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Every year we look back at 10 of the hot open source projects from the past 12 months. (Last year's list made a splash!) And, we expect more great things from these projects in 2016.

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Funding open source projects makes good business sense

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In business, investment expects a return. So, what's the return on funding open source software?

It's not always clear to people why companies like Divio—businesses that need to make a profit—would want to donate to open source communities and projects. Giving money away isn't exactly the first thing one would put on a business plan.

In our case, we sponsor numerous projects with ongoing regular contributions, including the Django Fellowship programme, Read the Docs, and Django Girls. We also sponsor well over a dozen open source conferences each year, from large, established events such as PyCon U.S. and DjangoCon (Europe and U.S.) to small, nascent ones such as Django Weekend and Python Namibia.

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FOSS in Networking

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Can open source can be a kick starter for mobile in the enterprise?

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One of these systems is IBM LinuxONETM, which can scale to handle tens of billions of interactions daily with sub-second response times. This system can process 54 per cent more data than distributed systems for model building, according to tests using Spark-Perf benchmark suite.

It can also help simplify the creation of innovative intelligent apps when using the Apache Spark big data processing engine; and lets companies tap into Node.js to develop high performance web and mobile apps without purchasing additional hardware.

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Meld 3.16 Open Source Diff and Merge Tool Enters Development, Adds New Features

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The development team behind the popular Meld open-source and free diff and merge software have released earlier today, December 14, 2015, the first development milestone towards the next major release of the project, Meld 3.16.

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10 Open Source Pentest Tools

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Penetration testing tools, which check for malicious codes and security loopholes in applications, databases or systems, are some of the most important tools in the security professional's arsenal. These free or inexpensive pentest tools use open source technology, which offers security pros far more flexibility than they will find in most proprietary tools.

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Why Use Open Source Software?

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Almost everyday, someone within the open source community is talking about how folks should be using open source software. I completely agree with this point of view. To further dive into the issue, I'll share my opinion as to why using open source software offers significant advantages over proprietary alternatives.

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Leftovers: Software

  • [Video] Linux Audio Programs Compared 2017
    I made this video for those that are new to, or just interested in making music on the Linux OS. I go over the features, goods and bads of Rosegarden, LMMS, Ardour, Mixbus, and EnergyXT, as well as touch on Qtractor. I don't don't go much into details of the particular versions I am using, but the video was made in the early part of 2017 and I'm running Ubuntu 16.04LTS.
  • Green Recorder: A Simple Desktop/Screen Recorder for Linux
    Green Recorder is a simple, open source desktop recorder developed for Linux systems built using Python, GTK and FFmpeg. It supports most of the Linux desktop environments such as Unity, Gnome, Cinnamon, Mate, Xfce and so on. Recently it has been updated to work with Wayland too in Gnome session.
  • Komorebi: A New Way To Enhance Your Desktop Using Animated/Parallax Wallpapers
    In past there were applications that allowed us to run videos/Gif as wallpaper on the desktop and make desktop look much cooler but than all of sudden the development of such Apps stopped and I can't name any App that exist for this purpose. Komorebi is fairly new application designed to make your desktop experience much better and make desktop cool as well, we can say it is kind of 'live wallpaper' situation here or 3D wallpaper. It is developed by Abe Masri and available under GPL license for free.
  • Stacer Sytem Optimizer: A Must Have Application For Ubuntu/Linux Mint
    There are multiple ways to optimize your Linux, the most geeky way is using Terminal, there are also applications available that performs such actions like Bleachbit, Ubuntu cleaner and so on. Stacer is simple, open-source, quick and new application designed to offer you all-in-one optimizer for your Ubuntu/Linux Mint (It's alternative to CCleaner but only for Linux).
  • Qtox: Open Source and Fully Secure Skype Replacement for Linux
    Long years ago, we've talked about a Skype alternative called Tox which was still in its early developmental stages. Tox was supposed to become the anti-thesis of Skype by being a fully open-source video and voice chat client that placed user privacy and security at its center. Well, guess what, there are now fully active and well-maintained chat clients that are built on top of Tox protocol. qTox is one of them.
  • Rclone 1.36 Released With SFTP And Local Symlinks Support, More
    Rclone 1.36 was released recently, bringing support for SFTP, local symbolic links support, mount improvements, along with many other new features and bug fixes. For those not familiar with Rclone, this is a cross-platform command line tool for synchronizing files and folders to multiple cloud storages, which supports Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon S3, Amazon Drive, Microsoft One Drive, Yandex Disk, and more. It can be used to sync files either from your machine or from one cloud storage to another.
  • Streamlink Twitch GUI 1.2.0 Adds Support For Communities And Team Pages, Basic Hotkeys
    Streamlink Twitch GUI (previously Livestreamer Twitch GUI) is a multi-platform browser. The application is powered by Node.js, Chromium and Streamlink, though it can still use Livestreamer (which is no longer maintained) too.
  • Code Editor `Brackets` 1.9 Released, Available In PPA
    Brackets is a free, open source code editor focused on front-end web development (HTML, CSS and JavaScript).
  • Terminix Terminal Emulator Renamed To Tilix, Sees New Bugfix Release
    [Quick update] Terminix, a GTK3 tiling terminal emulator, has been renamed to Tilix due to some trademark issues.

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Games and CodeWeavers/Wine

  • A Snapshot of Linux Gamers, Just One Year Ago
    It’s about time we share the analysis of that Q1 2016 survey (fielding occured in March last year), especially as we are about to launch the Q1 2017 one pretty, pretty soon. That way we will be able to compare how things have changed over the course of 12 months. As usual, the whole disclaimer about online surveys is valid here (data is only as good as your n size, the appropriateness of your sampling, and the quality of the responses, etc…), but assuming it’s not all that bad and all that unreliable, let’s dig in the results. As a reminder, most of the respondents for this survey were recruited through the r/linux and r/linux_gaming subreddits, as well as the readership of BoilingSteam. This is not our first survey, and you can see our previous ones done in the second quarter of 2015, and the following one in the last quarter of 2015.
  • Slime-san Coming To PC, Mac and Linux
    Headup Games and Fabraz proudly announce their upcoming action-platformer Slime-san for PC, Mac and Linux via Steam & Humble Bundle. Console releases will follow soon after. Jump and slime your way through 100 levels in a unique 5-colored, pixelated world and escape from a giant worm’s innards. Get your shopping done in Slumptown, a town full of survivors within the worm. Unlock different play styles, outfits, shaders and even multiplayer mini-games! Slime-san is developed by Fabraz, an independent development studio that also released the critically-acclaimed games Cannon Crasha and Planet Diver. Slime-san was minding his own business, sliming around in a peaceful forest when suddenly…A giant worm appeared and gobbled him up! Now deep within the worm’s belly, Slime-san has to face a decision: Be digested by the incoming wall of stomach acid... Or jump, slide and slime his way through the worm's intestines and back out its mouth!
  • CodeWeavers Announces CrossOver 16.2.0
  • The Wine Revolution is ON!
    As you know Codeweavers (and other WINE contributors) have been working on DX11 support for a while – they were supposed to have DX11 support by the end of 2016, but as with all complex projects, timelines tend to slip and only very DX11 titles could run a few months ago. Since then, there was no major announcement, but it seems that the progress has been very significant in the recent WINE versions (2.3 is already out).

Leftovers: KDE